The Obama administration was poised last week to make major announcements about a number of species of plants and animals which were subjected to re-evaluation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Already, a number of plants were added to the list, including a species of plant, slick spot.
The congressional conference committee responsible for hammering out the Agricultural Appropriations budget slashed funding for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) last week. The NAIS program, which has been mired in red tape for years, has made little progress over the past year and is in danger of collapse.
In a press briefing last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlined his new plan to more effectively manage Americas wild horse populations. Salazar explained that the current management program has led to massive costs and problems which cannot continue without major repercussions for the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
R-CALF USA has contacted the 17 state attorneys general who, last year, helped to block JBS S.A.s acquisition of National Beef Packing Co., to request they step in to prevent the merger of JBS and Pilgrims Pride Corp. The group will contact the remaining 33 state attorneys general later this week to request the same assistance.
According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trusts (AFT) Farmland Information Center, local farmland protection efforts slowed in 2008, likely due to record high land values. The statistics were generated from a nationwide survey of 77 independent purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs in 19 states.
At the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID, research leader Greg Lewis and his colleagues have shown that ultrasound could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of selective breeding methods. Producers currently rely on visual appraisals to predict carcass traits before choosing which sheep to breed.
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) recently partnered with its licensed distributor, Performance Food Group, at the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV). Their joint mission: to educate the next generation of chefs on preparing high-quality beef dishes that will capture future consumer demand.
Using ultrasound to measure carcass quality and establish Expected Progeny Differences in the purebred beef industry has long been accepted practice. Every cattleman knows that quality beef starts with quality genetics. And centralized processing labs like the CUP Lab have made ultrasound data accurate and reliable.
On behalf of the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA (Food Export- Midwest), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is reminding Nebraska suppliers of the start of the 2010 Branded Program year.
New vaccine combines viral protection and Lepto hardjo-bovis prevention in one vaccine Pfizer Animal Health introduced a new vaccine that takes reproductive protection to the next level. The newlyreleased Bovi-Shield GOLD
The potential is still there for enrollment in fiscal year 2010, Coppess told a House Agriculture subcommittee. While were waiting on the regulation ... were evaluating that as well. We wont be able to put anything forward on the general sign-up until we have the proper regulation out.
A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.